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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Come Back to NASCAR This Year?

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Here’s an interesting thought: How many drivers who raced in one of NASCAR’s national series in 2014 didn’t in 2015? It’s certainly intriguing to think about. Each year, hundreds of drivers make their way through the top three series, whether it’s as a full-time competitor, a one-off racer or somewhere in between. Of those, most …

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2014 NASCAR Driver Review: Joey Coulter

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Ride: No. 21 GMS Chevrolet Crew chief: Jeff Stankiewicz Points finish: seventh Stats: 22 starts, zero wins, three top 5s, 10 top 10s, zero poles, one lap led, two DNFs, 12.0 average start, 13.1 average finish Best finish: third, once (Pocono Raceway, August) (If multiple best finishes, separate each with a semicolon) High Point: GMS Racing wasn’t a total startup due to …

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Tracking the Trucks: Chevrolet Silverado 250

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In a Nutshell: Ryan Blaney finished 0.049 seconds ahead of German Quiroga to win Sunday afternoon’s Chevrolet Silverado 250 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The driver of the No. 29 Ford led twice for a race-high 34 laps en route to his first win of the season. Erik Jones, Gray Gaulding and Andrew Ranger rounded …

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Tracking the Trucks: UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP

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Credit: Patrick Smith, NASCAR via Getty Images

In a Nutshell: After finishing runner-up five times in the Camping World Truck Series, Brad Keselowski finally scored his win in his 62nd career start in the rain-delayed UNOH 200 presented by ZLOOP on Thursday morning at Bristol Motor Speedway. Keselowski led three times for a race-high 119 laps en route to a 0.776 second …

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Did You Notice? … NASCAR Talent: Then And Now

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Did You Notice? … How hard it is to gain a foothold in this sport? More than ever, talented drivers find themselves inside a shrinking window of opportunity. The number of available rides has shrunk, combined with the funding now necessary to pair them within a top-tier organization. Having cash on hand and helping bridge …

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Tracking The Trucks: Dillon Takes Pocono Mountains 150

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In a Nutshell: Austin Dillon took control at Pocono when Kyle Larson’s engine went south, then survived a flurry of late restart battles with Clint Bowyer to win his first Truck Series race since Eldora last July. Dillon, who hadn’t won in any of NASCAR’s top three series since then, prevailed in an event that …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: Pondering Pocono’s Fifth Truck Race

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When the Camping World Truck Series takes on Pocono Raceway Saturday afternoon, it will mark the fifth race at the facility but the first to run 150 miles instead of the standard 125 from the past four years. It’s a change designed for long-term impact, the series expected to race at the Tricky Triangle for …

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Truckin’ Thursdays: It’s Really Anyone’s Race This Weekend In St. Louis

After a brief hiatus, the stars of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series will return to Gateway Motorsports Park in St. Louis, Missouri this Saturday night for the first time since 2010. Since the first Truck Series event at the 1.25-mile oval, back in 1998, the only past winner of the race who is still …

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Access ARCA: Contenders Craig Goess & Joey Coulter Have Eventful Days at Pocono

The stories of Joey Coulter and Craig Goess are awfully parallel. Both in their second year of full-time competition in the ARCA Racing Series, the two entered this past weekend’s event at Pocono in similar situations; down in the lower part of the top 10 in the standings, but far from removed from title contention. …

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